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  • Kindle Edition
  • 124 pages
  • How to Write Funny
  • Scott Dikkers
  • English
  • 13 May 2015

10 thoughts on “How to Write Funny

  1. Mehrsa Mehrsa says:

    So I don’t have aspirations to write funny but I love goof writing advice and I saw a passage from this book and it piued my interest It was good And you know what? all those white dudes who complain that they can’t be funny without making the same oldStupid racist and sexist jokes should read this book


  2. Ankit Goel Ankit Goel says:

    Everyone loves a good joke but what are the elements that make a joke funny? You may have experienced how some times an unintentional monosyllable utterance is enough to make your friends break into fits of laughter At other times a carefully crafted joke will fall flat Annoyingly there seems to be no formula that can consistently predict what people will find amusing If you are a comedy enthusiast the author's credentials are enough to make you give this book a try He is the founded the popular satirical news agency The Onion New Network and served as its editor in chief The books lays out a framework which anyone can use to make their content funny Dikkers himself employs these techniues while creating content at work He goes on to claim that he's never come across a joke that can't be explained by one of the categories in his framework Apart from this there's few other useful tips for the aspiring funny writer1 Write a lot and drop your standards A common mistake committed by most amateur writers at the start of their career is to hope that everything they write be automatically hilarious This seldom happens which is why most of them can't seem to get any writing done When you are facing writer's block a good way forward is to drop your standards As soon as you learn to turn off their overly critical internal self critic you shall begin to enjoy the process 2 Always punch upwards Use comedy to restore the balance of power Jokes are usually funny when they are cracked at the expense of the rich and powerful folks whom everyone fearshates Jokes are usually not funny when they mock and ridicule those who are already weak and suffering3 Be consumer oriented Sounds obvious but not keeping the audience in mind while writing is an unforgivable mistake Who are you really writing for? Can your work address a problem your target readers are dealing with? If you are only writing for yourself why even bother publishing?4 Note the subtext The subtext is the essence of any funny communication interestingly the part that is left unsaid By itself the subtext doesn't need to be humorous at all It's a bland factopinion which is the foundation on which you build your joke Unless your audience gets the subtext they will not be amused Example Consider the following joke Your mama's so fat she lives in two cities at once Subtext Your mother is overweight In Biswa's popular joke on extroverts vs introverts the subtext is that most festivals involve large number of people coming together to perform absurd rituals In Abhishek Upmanyu's popular bit on Delhi vs Mumbai people the subtext is that aggressive behavior is considered normal in Delhi 5 Pick a subtext and apply a funny filter to it These are the tools which make when added to your subtext make it funny The subtext is the actual meal the funny filters are what make it palatable The funny filters sort of made this book worth reading If you set them aside most writing advice in this book is generic and already common knowledge


  3. Roozbeh Daneshvar Roozbeh Daneshvar says:

    This book was not funny as it was not supposed to be I think one of the greatest potential impacts of this book would be teaching the reader how to appreciate good comedy The book shows how difficult it is to write funny and shows that a good writing reuires a lot of hard work and practiceI think the book could have leveraged many examples throughout the text In many parts the concepts were mechanically presented as facts without any examples on them More inline samples could have greatly improved the impact For another group of examples the author just mentioned the names of people or some certain comedy works without stating the instances For me as someone who does not know much about the literature in this area these references were not much usefulThere were several typos and grammar mistakes in the text The author emphasized the importance of proofreading on a few occasions; yet ironically these typos made their way to the same textI believe that this is a must read book Do not expect it to immediately make your writings funny If it was the case this review should have become funny already


  4. Atman Pandya Atman Pandya says:

    This book dispels 2 major assumptions about comedy writing that it is a full time laugh riot and that you can only write good jokes when inspiration strikes Writing comedy is a full time job like any other one that often reuires coffee fuelled late night sessions with your nuthead buddies one where you occasionally want to tear your hair out and strangle your boss with it and it is also one that reuires skill and sustained effort to create something worthwhileThe author does a brilliant job of dissecting the jokes to their core components and analyzing what makes for good funny writing If the process seems drab and boring that's because it is Why does he do it then? So that we understand what makes something funny After understanding we can use the principles in our writing to make it funnyWe learn about the core principle that makes the written word funny subtext We also learn 11 funny filters that can be applied to ideas to make them funnier While this is laid out in a wonderfully structured manner that is so easy even Donald Trump could understand it you will still have to make serious efforts to actually implement what is being discussed in the bookYou either use this book or lose it just like your thousand page college textbooks that you open once and then sell to the junkman for drug moneyOne of the best books on getting started with writing comedy I highly recommend this to all aspiring comics You will get a lowdown on how to reliably and consistently churn out high uality material


  5. Matt Boumal Matt Boumal says:

    If you want to work as a comedy writer this will definitely help you A lot of books on comedy writing are uite similar to each other but I think this one stands out It will help you write much better jokes and it'll help you come up with ideas and realize that writer's block is not a real thing Maybe it's hard to get an actual sense of whether or not a book is good even with a review because you don't know me and you don't know my work but I can tell you that I recently got hired at the French euivalent of The Onion and I know this book had something to do with it Of course this book is very Onion focused but it'll definitely help you with your joke writing in general And if you're not very familiar with The Onion the book will fix that There's also example one liners from outside The Onion such as Louis CK jokes and twitter jokes


  6. Antoinette Perez Antoinette Perez says:

    I don't know what it says about me that I feel like I have to read how to write humor books over and over again but I feel odd reviewing this book after only one read My take away satire is the way to go I do need to re read to actually TRY the method taught But it was a solid enough book that I will do so


  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    Written by an expert with lots of interesting ideas I am on a uest to get funnier since this book was written by such a successful comedy writer I knew I had to take a look It's an easy and fast read with lots of hints tips and methods to extract funny out of your material I'm starting the next book in the series today


  8. Jeff Willis Jeff Willis says:

    I found this book to be a surprisingly informative and analytical approach to how humor works There were an ample number of examples from different sources and there was a great deal of care taken to break down how jokes and humor are constructed in a variety of waysMy one complaint about the book is that the subheading about creating humor isn't really accurate; there's not a ton of information about how to craft humor for oneself beyond breaking down different forms of jokes Aspiring humorists are presumably supposed to extrapolate lessons and apply them to their own work but for books that purport to be a step by step blueprint for creating something I was looking for a bit content in terms of an offered up system or practical suggestionsStill it was an informative book for anyone looking to better understand how and why humor works and doesn't Definitely worth a read for anyone seeking a informed understanding of humor and comedy


  9. Stef Smulders Stef Smulders says:

    Excellent guide clear concise and helpful


  10. Lynley Lynley says:

    UPDATE 2019 Scott has since had this book thoroughly copyedited The new edition includes examples from woman comedians More than a year on I can say this book has changed the way I think about comedyI bought this book because I wanted to know about the 11 Funny Filters I've seen online I had a suspicion the article was so thorough and obvious that I wouldn't need the book That's not true the book emphasises something the article did not The importance of subtextWhat annoys me though is the bad formatting and terrible copy editing Get you spelling grammar and syntax right It's not that hardIf he hadn't smugly said that I might forgive forking out eight bucks for his ebook because he admits at one point that grammar and spelling isn't his strong pointDikkers is a good comedy writer He's not a trained teacher a heavily underrated skill in itself So when Dikkers tries to teach you how to write comedy he can share his own taxonomy and it will help if you're a decent autodidact but he'll tell you to go forth and make jokes far too early in the book before you've even read the chapter on funny filters In short there's no scaffolding I can see there's a lot to be learned here though so I'm digging back into it this time making my own notes finding my own examples He's held back uite a lot for his seuels and his paid courses though Which is his right But you should know this from the get go in case you think you're going to get the complete thoughts a la John Truby's Anatomy of Story which I sense is the result of a lifetime's worth of thinking and analysing Like almost every male writing guru out there Dikkers hasn't made any effort towards gender diversity He mentions Tina Fey's name every now and then but not as an example Every single example in his 'highest form of humour' category satire is male This in itself isn't funny when female comedians have real trouble getting into these blokey arenas leading to the assumption that women just aren't funny Any dude with a platform has a social obligation to think about that because he has a chance to help fix it unless he really does believe there aren't that many good female examples out there I haven't had time to test these filters in my own writing yet so I can't comment on that But since reading about the filters some months ago I have been analysing sit coms which kind of ruins sit coms but kind of makes them even better I'd stay away from this book if you don't want to be doing that to yourself


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How to Write Funny The Definitive Humor Writing Handbook From A Top Comedy Pro This easy to follow guide written by one of the world's most successful humor writers lays out a clear system for creating funny ideas that get big milk coming out of your nose laughs reliably and repeatably You'll learn • The 3 sure fire ways to generate material • The 11 different kinds of jokes and how to tell them • The secret to permanently overcoming writer's block • And many tips tricks and techniues Table of Contents 1 Introduction Use the techniues in this book to reliably create top notch humor writing page 9 2 Your Brain’s Comedy Engine Access both hemispheres of your brain to eliminate writer’s block and tap an endless reserve of comedy ideas page 19 3 The Humor Writer’s Biggest Problem Overcome this one devastating obstacle to reach the widest possible audience page 27 4 How To Get Laughs Understand the different kinds of laughs and how to generate the best one page 37 6 Subtext The Secret Ingredient Infuse your humor with this vital component to create writing that makes people laugh page 51 6 The 11 Funny Filters Create any joke using the 11 fundamental building blocks of humor page 61 Funny Filter 1 Irony page 62 Funny Filter 2 Character page 64 Funny Filter 3 Shock page 70 Funny Filter 4 Hyperbole page 74 Funny Filter 5 Wordplay page 77 Funny Filter 6 Reference page 81 Funny Filter 7 Madcap page 85 Funny Filter 8 Parody page 90 Funny Filter 9 Analogy 9page 4 Funny Filter 10 Misplaced Focus page 96 Funny Filter 11 Metahumor page 99 7 Using The Funny Filters Layer the building blocks to create increasingly hilarious jokes page 105 8 Process Overview Master this simple system to become a prolific humor writer page 127 Click Look inside to see


About the Author: Scott Dikkers

A United States comedy writer and filmmaker He was a founding editor of The Onion and current Vice President Creative Development for the publication He co owned The Onion from 1989–2001 and is the publication's longest serving editor in chief holding the position from 1988–1999 and 2005–2008He is the author or co author of several best selling humor books He is also the creator and artist